|Alfred Sakwiya's Testimony of Salvation|
I came to the saving knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ in 1988 following seven consecutive years of seeking after the truth. I was born and raised of God-fearing parents in a family that traditionally attended the Roman Catholic Church.
From my early setting both at home and church, I quickly grasped values of morality most of which have attended my life to this day. To my young mind in those days, these values, I was taught to live and indeed, I lived a life that despised evil and upheld good.
My first significant contact with matters of faith came when I left home to go to secondary school in 1981. This was the first time that I had left the immediate care had of my parents and home, and was making my first independent assessments and decisions in life. Importantly, also, this was the first time that I had gained a sufficient grasp of the English language to facilitate an intelligent exploration of various writings and especially the Scriptures which had always been on my favourite reading list. My explorations in the Scriptures were mainly centered on the Acts of the Apostles where I intently explored the life of early the church. Through my reading, I came to reflect deeply upon my own life and came to the conclusion that however good my values and church going had ever been, they in fact meant nothing as far as Christianity was described in the Scriptures. I concluded quite painfully that contrary to what I had earlier believed, I was not a Christian after all. I also concluded from my same reading that my colleagues whom I had considered devout Christians were I fact far from the truth as well. These conclusions filled my mind with terrible fear and emptiness as I watched my life emptied of the values that had been the very foundations on which I had been defined. My life was filled with a gloom from which I could not escape especially as I could not find anyone nearby who matched the picture of the life I set out searching for any Christian who, I believed, would be in a position to help me on how to become one. My search was to last the next seven years.
In 1987, I went for further education in Kitwe at the Copperbelt University. During my first year of study, I continued steadfastly as a catholic student. Consciously however, I kept my search for Christians active. When in 1988, I accepted an invitation to a meeting of evangelical students, I came out convinced that my search was almost ended. There, I sat with one of the same students who explained to me at length from the Scriptures about the fall of the human race into sin and the saving gift of God through the Lord Jesus. Then I saw and understood my participation in the rebellion and fall. I was helped to understand who God was and more particularly, who Christ was. The gloom I had carried the previous seven years came to an end when in June of that same year, I acknowledged my sin and begged for Gods forgiveness, asking for help to put off my previous ways and to be pleasing before him henceforth.
Since that time, I have live a life of dependence on God, walking everyday in trust of his grace and looking forward to the hope that has brought into my life. I have constantly attended bible believing Churches since. Amen!